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Thanks for the suggestions all!
Duckie, 5-10% free space sounds really low. Even a defrag with the default Windows utility requires at least 15%. I start seeing noticable slowdowns on my own systems when I reach the 50% free space mark myself... Thanks for the note about WinDirStat, I'll check that out.

HDD performance is on a downward slope due to physics.... rotational velocity is greater at the outer edge of the platter than inner.

However, this has nothing to do directly with free space or file system.

Fragmentation is really not that big of a deal for consumers with monthly defragmentation.
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HDD performance is on a downward slope due to physics.... rotational velocity is greater at the outer edge of the platter than inner.
However, this has nothing to do directly with free space or file system.
Fragmentation is really not that big of a deal for consumers with monthly defragmentation.
Well, less free space equals more writing on the inner part of the platter though, right? HDD's default to writing on the outermost portion of the platter, do they not? So, especially with a properly formatted drive, more free space means more writing near the outer portion of the drive (plus less head movement to boot, which is really the cause of HDD slowness in the first place!) I mean, that's why people short-stroke a drive...

You're the expert, I'm just trying to understand why you are right and I am wrong... so enlighten me. wink.gif
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If it is windows 7 look over my guide on optimization here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds

Here are some things do look into. If not.
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- Run Malwarebytes, to check for any viruses/spyware that might be slowing things down.
Also spybot works good
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- Figure out what programs are running on startup, and disable most of them.
- Take a look at MSConfig, see what other programs/services are running.
Remove Start up Items and more:
Use autoruns instead of MSConfig.

Download Autouns here: (link)

Revo Uninstaller:
Best Uninstaller app I have used so far, does a great job at keeping my uninstalls clean and such.

Download Revo Uninstaller free here: (link)
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- Clear out internet temp files.
CCleaner:
CCleaner has to be the best "cleanup" utility I have ever used, it cleans up all your temp files and cleans your registry better than any other software I know. I have never had an issue with it over the last two years of using it. I have tried many others and CCleaner has come out to be the best. I highly recommend you use this as your sole maintenance cleanup software over everything else.
Download here: (link)

Also there is CCEnhancer which expands CCleaners reach in your system.
Download here: (link)

Disk Cleanup:
This is the integrated Disk Cleanup in Windows. I often use this after using CCleaner just in case CCleaner misses anything. Does a good job and I recommend you use it too.
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- If IE is being used, upgrade to IE9 and/or recommend a switch to Chrome.
How about firefox too rolleyes.gif
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- Look at RAM - if less than 2GB, will recommend an upgrade.
Or an SSD rolleyes.gif
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- Look at free HDD space, and possibly use TreeSize Free to find large files if we need to free up some HDD space. Will recommend keeping 50% free space on the drive.
In windows 7 there is this

Empty windows update download cache:
This is a safe and easy way to get rid of any left over windows update files.
  1. Go to: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
  2. Delete all of them.

Also consider shrinking or deleting the hibernation file for more space. And I like WindirStat
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- Last step would be to defragment the HDD, as that can sometimes take several hours. I'll start it and leave it running.
I hate that lol, takes forever
post #14 of 16
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Sean, thanks for the suggestions! Lots of useful stuff in there.

Also, Firefox sucks, and I will not recommend it. wink.gif
post #15 of 16
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Sean, thanks for the suggestions! Lots of useful stuff in there.

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Also, Firefox sucks, and I will not recommend it. wink.gif
I don't even...hmmsmiley02.gif
post #16 of 16
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Sean, thanks for the suggestions! Lots of useful stuff in there.
Also, Firefox sucks, and I will not recommend it. wink.gif

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Surely thou doth jest.
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